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Sunday, November 7, 2010

And now... some entertainment

Donald O' Connor was a fabulous entertainer and actor. He was especially fantastic at tap dancing. I love this bit he performs. He was fantastic at slapstick comedy, which seems to have died down significantly in the past few decades. Enjoy :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christmas Carol in Dallas Dec 23

So it has been determined... I will in fact, for the first time in my life, be attending the Dallas Theatre Center's "A Christmas Carol" on December 23rd.
Obviously we are all familiar with the story "A Christmas Carol", and it has, over the past few decades, become one of the most popular plays to produce around Christmas time. The Dallas Theatre Center performs this every year, and I have never been able to attend.
However, I will be going this year to enjoy a pleasant experience of holiday cheer.

Of course I strongly encourage anyone interested in Theatre (or just looking for a family friendly holiday event, for that matter) to go and watch this play. If you are in the Dallas area, this is something you should not miss during your holidays.


November 26-December 24, 2010
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Richard Hellesen
Music by David de Berry
Directed by Matthew Gray
Kalita Humphreys Theater
It’s the Dallas Theater Center production everybody in town, from toddlers to grandparents, looks forward to the most. No holiday story compares to A Christmas Carol. And no holiday season is complete without this bright, funny, spooky, moving, soul-stirring, heart-warming, uplifting classic. It’s filled with traditional and original songs that will have you whistling on your way home as merrily as Mr. Fezziwig. For the first time, Brierley Resident Acting Company member and longtime Dallas Theater Center favorite, Chamblee Ferguson (Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will portray the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Get in the spirit with this glorious production, which helps support the North Texas Food Bank. As Tiny Tim would say, “God bless us, every one!”

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

College Theatre

First off, all technical issues have been resolved. I apologize for any inconvenience to my followers. Now for a post...
Those of you who have never been to a play put on by a college campus... I suggest keeping it that way.
Allow me to explain...
If you are an avid theatre goer in the dallas area, you probably enjoy all the venues that get their actors from the unions or hold professional auditions.
What do you get? An excellent performance by qualified actors hoping to make a career out of it.
Ok now lets change the scenario.
You go to a college play, and you have a bunch of students who think they are fantastic because they know the theory behind developing a character and the history of acting etc etc, but no talent is really required. The pool of actors the casters have to choose from is much more limited, resources are more limited, and the play winds up sucking.
Such was the case with the UNT production of The Little Foxes. Isaw this a couple of weeks ago and actually had to leave during the intermission. IT SUCKED.
I will be sticking to professional venues from here on out, personally.